Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army analyst whose massive data dump to Julian Assange exposed possible U.S. war crimes and caused a geopolitical firestorm, was found not guilty of aiding the enemy in a Fort Meade, Maryland military courtroom today. However, Manning was found guilty of five counts of violating the espionage act and five theft charges, which could hypothetically result on a life sentence in prison. Manning’s sentence has not been announced yet.
The ruling that Manning wasn’t guilty of aiding the enemy, we’re speculating, will be a boon to whistleblowers and journalists–and we’re keeping an eye out for worthwhile analyses from legal scholars.
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